(submitted by Kai Iwamoto to meet requirement of Digital Citizenship)
Targets and Description
When I started this project with my peers, the only social networking site that came to mind was facebook. I had heard of many cases where people and “friends” sent harassing messages or wall posts to their peers. When the younger girls in my group mentioned tumblr, I became increasingly interested in the negative use of tumblr. I think that over the course of making this video, I became personally involved because I discovered that one of my close friends had been affected by this supposedly “safe” site.
Today at school, we were talked to by a guest speaker about digital citizenship, with issues like cyberbullying, privacy, and online piracy coming up. We were put in groups of four and assigned to make a short 30 second film on an issue that concerned digital citizenship.
I was paired with Riki Shirayama, Alex LaBarge, and Hero Sakura, and together, we made a film about cyberbullying. The film shows Riki in a dark room logging into Jake Saki’s (Hero Sakura) Facebook account, after getting his password, having written it on a sheet of paper that is placed in front of the computer (a bit hard to see with the dark lighting).
We left how Riki got the password up to the audience, but it is likely that he got it by some sort of blackmailing with friendship, by claiming that Jake isn’t his true friend if he doesn’t trust him enough to give him his password.
After Riki logs onto Jake’s Facebook, he finds a secret group that Jake and Tom (Alex LaBarge) have made, called “funny stuff lolol”, a private Facebook group where the two post pictures of me and talk badly about me behind my back. We wanted the group to be private as we also wanted to emphasize the point that nothing stays private for long online.
Riki scrolls through the group page, seeing photos of me with their captions. He shuts the screen and takes the computer to me. I see their comments, and then, to get back at them, or more specifically, Jake, I click Jake’s profile (and as I am already logged on as Jake), I write a status update posing as Jake, stating that Jake’s parents are getting a divorce, Jake has a eating disorder, and sees a councilor.
The validity of the statements made by me on his status update is ambiguous, but it can be interpreted that I was Jake’s close friend or I have some connection to him that allows me to know this information.
We ended the film once again in an ambiguous fashion, with me not explicitly posting the status update but not explicitly closing it, with a black screen and just the sound of a click which could mean either. We then asked the audience “Who’s the bully”, since if I had indeed posted the status update with all that personal information about Jake, then I would be the bully too. In this, we didn’t want to make good guys and bad guys, but rather emphasizing that at heart, we are both people who can both be bullies and both be victims.
Looking back, I think that our film was a bit unclear with its plot and we could have done better with a bit more time to edit, since by the time we had everything filmed, we only had about 20 minutes to edit.
The premise itself was based off of something that is very common, the formation of online Facebook groups on “secret” mode for cliques to have an official place to talk, whether it be to make plans to hang out or post funny links. While tools such as the ones on Facebook have served the purpose of making one more connected to groups of friends, at the same time, it clearly defines who is in a person’s group and who is not, as well as allowing a private arena where cyberbullying can take place, as can be seen in the video.
I think it is something all high schoolers can relate to as most people I know belong to some sort of private Facebook group that only they and a certain amount of people can see. It is important to be mindful that private is never truly private, and what we post online can always be found, even by basic things such as someone else logging onto one’s account.
It is important to never give your password to anyone, and this is going off on a bit of a tangent, but as someone who has played many MMORPGs, it is the soundest advice you will ever hear on your Internet. Also, avoid PvP and stick to questing if you want to have a good time. The storylines are usually very well thought out by smart writers and will give you a far more rewarding experience than getting killed by some bloke with a +4 broadsword and losing 6 months of gold.
Okay. Well, that’s all my cyber advice for now.
I hope that anyone looking at it will find it useful in understanding what it means to be a digital citizen and in general, a kind person. 😀
Internet Hackers and Our Safety
For this section of the criteria, I made an informative presentation about Hackers and how we can protect our selves from their attacks. I looked at the background, different types of hackers and took a look at a case study. I finished off with steps that we can take to protect our selves.
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